Anderson Espinoza returned to Earth in his start this week, after two scoreless outings. Four innings pitched, three earned runs allowed on eight hits with two walks and just one strikeout. When he is shutting people down you forget that he is 18 years old and is going to have his struggles. His 3.70 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 44.2 innings tells you things are just going up from here.
Tate Matheny was one of five Greenville players to be named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team. Matheny was nine for 18 over his last five games with a homer and a double and two RBI. In 26 June at-bats, he has a .385/.448/.692 batting line, richly deserving his All-Star selection.
Roniel Raudes was also named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team. This week’s start was his typical solid effort, 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Raudes ERA stands at 3.04 for the season with 45 strikeouts in 47.1 innings.
Jose Almonte came down a little bit in his start this week. Five innings, two earned runs on five hits, three walks and two strikeouts. His 2.42 ERA over five starts with just 20 hits allowed in 26.2 innings will have no one complaining he isn’t doing well enough.